The Pathway to Recovery from Childhood Trauma

We know that children in the foster care system have, by definition, experienced trauma – often multiple forms of abuse and neglect over extended periods of time. The trauma experienced by many of these children is complex, can cause Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and if left untreated, impact their health and wellbeing for years to come. Furthermore, the separation from their families, friends and communities that follows removal is often re-traumatizing and can further add to the pain, loss and uncertainty they have experienced.

The road to recovery can be long and difficult and there is rarely a clear path to success. However, as adults, it is our responsibility to ensure that children in foster care receive the treatments, services, and supports they need to heal from early trauma and give them the tools they need to thrive.

Lexie Gruber spent time in the foster care system and found herself homeless as a teenager. But today, she is a senior, majoring in policy science and women’s studies at Quinnipiac University and one of her goals is to help children in foster care. She is doing so in a number of ways, including serving on the advisory board for the State Policy Advocacy & Reform Center (SPARC) at First Focus.

“I’ll always be a foster kid,” she said in an article in the Quinnipiac Chronicle. “Do I want to be a professional foster kid? No, but I want to help them. If you go through something and have the ability to change it, you have a responsibility to and that’s what I’m doing.”

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Support Adoption Equality in Victoria


Support Adoption Equality in Victoria, because love makes a family.

Many people don’t realise that there is still discrimination in Victorian adoption law. Although there are just a tiny number of infant adoptions each year, the ban against adoption by same-sex couples affects many hundreds of other vulnerable children.

Please sign this petition, to show Victorian politicians that our community supports adoption equality.

After a tough start and many foster placements, seven-year-old Thomas[1] is now thriving. He’s happy at home, he’s got good friends, and he’s loving grade 1 at his local school.

There’s just one big problem. Thomas could now be eligible for adoption, because recently his remaining biological parent died. But under current laws, he can’t be adopted by both of his two foster mums, who’ve given him a stable, safe and loving home as his permanent carers for five years.

Victorian laws still only let heterosexual couples adopt, and single people under special circumstances.

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Group works through faith community to help Oklahoma’s foster care children

THE late Nelson Mandela once said, “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” These words strike a chord with Benjamin Nockels.

“It’s safe to say in many ways, our society is quite sick,” says Nockels. His organization, the 111Project, tries to provide a little healing.

The 111Project — one church, one family, one purpose — works with the faith community to increase the number of foster families in Oklahoma. The 111Project has made a difference, but the need remains great.

Since its launch in April 2011, the 111Project has been credited by the Department of Human Services with recruiting about 850 foster and adoptive families. That’s tremendous. Unfortunately, the number of children in the DHS system stands at more than 12,000. It was at roughly 8,000 when the 111Project began.

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